Directors DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of FRANK CAPRA

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  1. Jim_K

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    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of FRANK CAPRA
    Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.
    FRANK CAPRA
    Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
    A Hole in the Head (1959)
    The Unchained Goddess (1958) (TV)
    The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (TV)
    Hemo the Magnificent (1957) (TV)
    Our Mr. Sun (1956) (TV)
    Here Comes the Groom (1951)
    Riding High (1950)
    State of the Union (1948)
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    War Comes to America (1945)
    Two Down and One to Go (1945)
    Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945)
    Your Job in Germany (1945)
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    Tunisian Victory (1944)
    The Battle of China (1944)
    The Battle of Russia (1943)
    The Battle of Britain (1943)
    Divide and Conquer (1943)
    The Nazis Strike (1943)
    Meet John Doe (1941)
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    Lost Horizon (1937)
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    Broadway Bill (1934)
    It Happened One Night (1934)
    Lady for a Day (1933)
    The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
    American Madness (1932)
    Forbidden (1932)
    Platinum Blonde (1931)
    The Miracle Woman (1931)
    Dirigible (1931)
    Rain or Shine (1930)
    Ladies of Leisure (1930)
    Flight (1929)
    The Donovan Affair (1929)
    The Younger Generation (1929)
    The Burglar (1928)
    The Power of the Press (1928)
    Submarine (1928)
    Say It with Sables (1928)
    The Way of the Strong (1928)
    The Matinee Idol (1928)
    So This Is Love? (1928)
    That Certain Thing (1928)
    For the Love of Mike (1927)
    Long Pants (1927)
    The Strong Man (1926)
    Fultah Fisher's Boarding House (1922)
     
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    Ratings out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    FRANK CAPRA (1897 - 1991)
    Pocketful of Miracles (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A Hole in the Head (1959) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Unchained Goddess (1958)
    The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957)
    Hemo the Magnificent (1957)
    Our Mr. Sun (1956)
    Here Comes the Groom (1951) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Riding High (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    State of the Union (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    War Comes to America (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Two Down and One to Go (1945)
    Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945)
    Your Job in Germany (1945)
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Tunisian Victory (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Battle of China (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Battle of Russia (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Battle of Britain (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Divide and Conquer (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Nazis Strike (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Meet John Doe (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    You Can't Take It with You (1938) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Lost Horizon (1937) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Broadway Bill (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It Happened One Night (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Lady for a Day (1933) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    American Madness (1932) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Forbidden (1932) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Platinum Blonde (1931) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Miracle Woman (1931) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Dirigible (1931) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Rain or Shine (1930) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ladies of Leisure (1930) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Flight (1929) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Donovan Affair (1929)
    The Younger Generation (1929) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Burglar (1928)
    The Power of the Press (1928) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Submarine (1928) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Say It with Sables (1928)
    The Way of the Strong (1928)
    The Matinee Idol (1928) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    So This Is Love? (1928)
    That Certain Thing (1928) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    For the Love of Mike (1927)
    Long Pants (1927) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Strong Man (1926) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Fultah Fisher's Boarding House (1922)
     
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    Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
    A Hole in the Head (1959)
    The Unchained Goddess (1958) (TV)
    The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (TV)
    Hemo the Magnificent (1957) (TV)
    Our Mr. Sun (1956) (TV)
    Here Comes the Groom (1951)
    Riding High (1950)
    State of the Union (1948) ***
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) ****
    War Comes to America (1945)
    Two Down and One to Go (1945)
    Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945)
    Your Job in Germany (1945)
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ****
    Tunisian Victory (1944)
    The Battle of China (1944)
    The Battle of Russia (1943)
    The Battle of Britain (1943)
    Divide and Conquer (1943)
    The Nazis Strike (1943)
    Meet John Doe (1941) ****
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) ****
    You Can't Take It with You (1938) ***1/2
    Lost Horizon (1937) ****
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) ****
    Broadway Bill (1934) ***
    It Happened One Night (1934) ****
    Lady for a Day (1933) ***1/2
    The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) ***
    American Madness (1932)
    Forbidden (1932)
    Platinum Blonde (1931) ***
    The Miracle Woman (1931)
    Dirigible (1931)
    Rain or Shine (1930)
    Ladies of Leisure (1930)
    Flight (1929)
    The Donovan Affair (1929)
    The Younger Generation (1929)
    The Burglar (1928)
    The Power of the Press (1928)
    Submarine (1928)
    Say It with Sables (1928)
    The Way of the Strong (1928)
    The Matinee Idol (1928)
    So This Is Love? (1928)
    That Certain Thing (1928)
    For the Love of Mike (1927)
    Long Pants (1927) ***
    The Strong Man (1926) ***
    Fultah Fisher's Boarding House (1922)

    Bolded films I've seen.
    I've probably seen some of the WWII propaganda films, but I couldn't tell you which ones.
     
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    Whoa, so much Capra I haven't seen.[​IMG]
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    You Can't Take It with You (1938) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Lost Horizon (1937) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It Happened One Night (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Rated from [​IMG] to [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Titles in RED
    are theatrical screenings
    Frank Capra
    May 18, 1897 - Sep 3, 1991
    Pocketful of Miracles (1961) [​IMG][​IMG]
    A Hole in the Head (1959) [​IMG]
    The Unchained Goddess (1958) (TV)
    The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (TV)
    Hemo the Magnificent (1957) (TV)
    Our Mr. Sun (1956) (TV)
    Here Comes the Groom (1951) [​IMG]
    Riding High (1950) [​IMG][​IMG]
    State of the Union (1948) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    War Comes to America (1945)
    Two Down and One to Go (1945)
    Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945)
    Your Job in Germany (1945)
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Tunisian Victory (1944)
    The Battle of China (1944)
    The Battle of Russia (1943)
    The Battle of Britain (1943)
    Divide and Conquer (1943)
    The Nazis Strike (1943)
    Meet John Doe (1941) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    Lost Horizon (1937) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Broadway Bill (1934) [​IMG][​IMG]
    It Happened One Night (1934) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Lady for a Day (1933) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
    American Madness (1932)
    Forbidden (1932)
    Platinum Blonde (1931)
    The Miracle Woman (1931)
    Dirigible (1931)
    Rain or Shine (1930)
    Ladies of Leisure (1930)
    Flight (1929)
    The Donovan Affair (1929)
    The Younger Generation (1929)
    The Burglar (1928)
    The Power of the Press (1928)
    Submarine (1928)
    Say It with Sables (1928)
    The Way of the Strong (1928)
    The Matinee Idol (1928)
    So This Is Love? (1928)
    That Certain Thing (1928)
    For the Love of Mike (1927)
    Long Pants (1927)
    The Strong Man (1926)
    Fultah Fisher's Boarding House (1922)
    Seen 16
    Own 0
     
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    FRANK CAPRA

    It Happened One Night (1934)

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
     
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    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    A question for anyone who knows. Is there a decent dvd available of Why We Fight, and if so, which version looks best?
    FRANK CAPRA
    Seen: 10
    Like: 5 1/2*
    Own: 5
    Rank order:

    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    It Happened One Night (1934)
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    Lost Horizon (1937)
    State of the Union (1948)
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    Meet John Doe (1941)
    Lady for a Day (1933)

    * For whatever reason the photo recreation of the missing scenes in Lost Horizon just doesn't work for me. Now, if that actual footage were ever restored, then I would add that to my list.
     
  9. Brook K

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    *1. It's A Wonderful Life - A (all-time top 5, while it is a much beloved classic, I think the artistic qualities of the film are grossly underrated.)
    *2. It Happened One Night - A
    *3. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington - A
    4. Arsenic And Old Lace - A-
    5. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town - B+ (Something about Gary Cooper in this film rubs me the wrong way. I think I would have liked it more with a different actor in the lead)
    6. Lost Horizon - B
    7. You Can't Take It With You - B
    Own: 3
     
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    FRANK CAPRA





    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - What Brook said. Brilliant wonderful film

    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - CHARRRRRGGGGEEEE!

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - this works so well on film, it's unbelievable how much better it functions in every respect (and it's great on video!), can't wait for the restoration to finish and a new dvd to come out!

    You Can't Take It with You (1938) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - Damn taxes and hooray for Lional Barrymore

    Lost Horizon (1937) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - what George said, and it's a bit over the top too.

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]1/2 - charming comedy

    It Happened One Night (1934) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - the second time is better than the first.

    Lady for a Day (1933) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - Overall good, entertaining and funny, but if I'd seen this on video by myself it probably would have only been a two star film. Good with an audience though.



    RANKING:
    1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    2. It's a Wonderful Life
    3. You Can't Take it with you
    4. It Happened one Night
    5. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
    6. Arsenic and Old Lace
    7. Lost Horizon
    8. Lady for a Day
     
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    Kirk Tsai Screenwriter

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    Ranking:

    1. It's a Wonderful Life

    2. You Can't Take it With You

    3. It Happened One Night

    4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    5. Arsenic and Old Lace

    6. Mr. Deed Goes to Town

    **cut off point

    7. Lost Horizon

    8. Meet John Doe

    9. State of the Union
     
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    Edited to add Lady for a Day
     
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    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It Happened One Night (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    You Can't Take It with You (1938) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Meet John Doe (1941) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    The Bitter Tea of General Yen ***
     
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    Pocketful of Miracles (1961) [​IMG][​IMG]
    A Hole in the Head (1959)
    The Unchained Goddess (1958) (TV)
    The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (TV)
    Hemo the Magnificent (1957) (TV)
    Our Mr. Sun (1956) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Here Comes the Groom (1951)
    Riding High (1950)
    State of the Union (1948) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    War Comes to America (1945) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Two Down and One to Go (1945)
    Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945)
    Your Job in Germany (1945) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    Tunisian Victory (1944) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Battle of China (1944) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Battle of Russia Part 2 (1943) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Battle of Russia Part 1 (1943) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Battle of Britain (1943) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Divide and Conquer (1943) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Nazis Strike (1943) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Meet John Doe (1941) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    You Can't Take It with You (1938) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Lost Horizon (1937)
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Broadway Bill (1934) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    It Happened One Night (1934) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Lady for a Day (1933) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    American Madness (1932) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Forbidden (1932) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Platinum Blonde (1931) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Miracle Woman (1931) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Dirigible (1931) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Rain or Shine (1930) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Ladies of Leisure (1930) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Flight (1929) [​IMG][​IMG]
    The Donovan Affair (1929)
    The Younger Generation (1929) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Burglar (1928)
    The Power of the Press (1928) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Submarine (1928)
    Say It with Sables (1928)
    The Way of the Strong (1928)
    The Matinee Idol (1928) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    So This Is Love? (1928)
    That Certain Thing (1928)
    For the Love of Mike (1927)
    Long Pants (1927)
    The Strong Man (1926)
    Fultah Fisher's Boarding House (1922)
    Edited by Michael Elliott - 8/15/2009 at 02:24 am GMT
     
  19. Mario Gauci

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    In order of merit:

    1.It's a Wonderful Life (1946) ****

    2.Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) ****

    3.Lost Horizon (1937) ****

    4.It Happened One Night (1934) ****

    5.Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) ****

    6.Meet John Doe (1941) ***1/2

    7.Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ***1/2

    8.Lady for a Day (1933) ***1/2

    9.The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) ***1/2

    10.You Can't Take It with You (1938) ***1/2

    11.Broadway Bill (1934) ***

    12.American Madness (1932) ***

    13.The Strong Man (1926) ***

    14.Long Pants (1927) ***

    15.Platinum Blonde (1931) ***

    16.The Nazis Strike (1943) ***

    17.Divide and Conquer (1943) ***

    18.The Battle of Britain (1943) ***

    19.The Battle of Russia (1943) ***

    20.The Battle of China (1944) ***

    21.War Comes to America (1945) ***

    22.Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945) ***

    23.Here Comes the Groom (1951) **1/2

    24.A Hole in the Head (1959) **1/2

    25.Pocketful of Miracles (1961) **1/2

    From the rest of his filmography, I'd like to catch up with THE MIRACLE WOMAN (1931), STATE OF THE UNION (1948) and RIDING HIGH (1950; a remake of BROADWAY BILL) the most.

    P.S. Mike, I'm surprised you've watched so few of Capra's films. While I admit that he's not one of my favorites anymore due mainly, as is the case with John Ford, to his regular lapses into an excess of sentimentality, one can't deny his impeccable craftsmanship and, for this reason alone, will always be one of the unmistakable giants of American cinema.
     
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